In all tools we use for learning it is important to explore why we use iPads for learning. Let’s look at some research.
The key success factor for the integration of iPads into learning is not the selection of device or the app. but rather the use of devices by engaged, supportive and prepared teachers within the context of a broader pedagogical program. (Keane, Lang and Pilgrim 2012)
Digital technologies are increasingly transforming the way we work, live, learn and play. They offer new opportunities, personalized educational choices, and unprecedented access to services and resources. Social media, multimedia, cloud computing and mobile learning have become a pervasive, necessary part of everyday life.
iPads, and apps can be used in educational settings enable multimedia creation, composition and collaboration. The portability, flexibility, and ease-of-use make tablets ideal devices for students to develop creativity, innovation, communication and collaboration skills (NMC 2013).
Whether it’s connecting with new people via social media, discovering local recommended resources, or capturing and representing student learning, mobiles provide students with constant opportunities to act upon their curiosities and expand their knowledge.(NMC 2013)
The focus of the use of the iPad in learning is to provide choice in various technologies and apps to show or represent their learning. The iPad is simply a tool, and not a learning outcome. (Bill Ferriter, 2013)
The iPad is not a laptop or a desktop. In a learning environment, mobile devices and other technologies such as laptops and desktops can all work in concert with other non-digital activities to achieve the end goal: to inspire student learning.